Welcome to your Friday Gigabites. In this week's edition, Tennessee makes broadband headlines, San Francisco struggles with finding the right gigabit model, the cable industry starts DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts and more.
That's not the whole story, however. More than a year ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a ruling saying that Tennessee and North Carolina specifically are not allowed to prohibit muni broadband expansion. That might have prevented Tennessee from killing this year's bill, but the FCC is now locked in a court battle with both states, which are suing the agency for allegedly overstepping its authority. The oral arguments for the case against the FCC were heard this week in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, though it's not yet clear when the court plans to rule on the lawsuit. (See FCC Clears Way for Muni Network Expansion.)
And to add one further wrinkle, lawmakers in Tennessee were treated to an invitation this week by ISP incumbent Charter Communications Inc. to record their own PSAs as part of Charter's public affairs programming. Representative Kevin Brooks thought the timing was suspect, seeing as how the state House had just done Charter a favor, blocking the path of municipal competitors like Chattanooga's municipally owned (and Gigabit darling) EPB Fiber Optics .
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading